Author: Radhey Shyam Kaushal
Publisher: New Age Books
ISBN/UPC (if available): 9788178224756
FROM THE BOOK PRFEACE:
In view of the increasing deterioration of values in a society and, more than that, in the character and personality of an individual, several educational institutions, universities and management schools in India and outside, have felt the necessity of introducing a course in the curriculum which can help in inculcating such values in the younger generation.
On the other hand, the younger generation, born and bought up in the age of modern science and technology, has its own attitude towards the world order in general and the family, friends, work place and society in particular. At times they not only question the belief-system whatsoever but also lack in ethical, moral and spiritual values in their behavior and personality. It seems that purely religion-based traditional ways of imparting these values do not work in the present times.
However, if a scientific dimension is added to these existing methods of imparting and infusing these values with an appropriate reasoning at their foundation level, then the exercise can yield better results. The present book is planned with this objective in mind. A modest attempt is made to explore the subject of psychophysics by way of developing the Science of the Self and subsequently studying its applications in the real-life day-to-day phenomena in a framework that has roots in the Vedic Science. In developing the subject, a variety of concepts, theories and models of physical sciences are freely used in an analogous manner to justify the working principles of subjective Science of the Self.
In fact, the subject of psychophysics (developed long ago by G. T. Fechner of Leipzig in 1860 and considered as good as dead in recent times), has appeared in this book in its new incarnation. Although the book is written in a text book style, but in the absence of availability of a precise and stable syllabus of such an interdisciplinary course, it will definitely serve the purpose of a reference book. Besides students with science background, the book will hopefully appeal equally to philosophers, scientists and psychologists in addition to a common reader.
At present only a few institutions plan to have such a course at graduate level. It is my sincere hope that easy availability of an introductory book like this would accelerate the process of inclusion of psychophysics or an allied discipline on value education in the undergraduate syllabi by more and more institutions. Further, the emphasis on such an education is also given while training the teachers at various levels, training the man power for human management or towards the reformation of criminals in jails, etc.
Keeping in mind the growing psychic problems in younger generation and the deteriorating human values in society; the present book is planned for a person who has some interest in scientific thinking. For this purpose, after having lessons from various modern physical theories, the wisdom of Vedic Science in general and the Science of the Self in society. As how the understanding of dynamics of the essences of life of an individual becomes an asset in his/her character building and personality development, is the main theme of this book. The book is written in a textbook style. As a matter of fact, the easy availability of such an introductory book on human behavior would accelerate the process of inclusion of psychophysics or an allied course on value education at graduate/ undergraduate level.
"This book has a great deal of wisdom packed into it. It provides a comprehensive world-view that should be useful guide to life compatible with science and many other sources of understanding."
== Prof. Henry P. Stapp, LBNL, Berkeley, USA
Abbreviations, Notations and Symbols
Motivation and introductory survey
The subject matter and its meaning for the purpose
PART A: PSYCHOPHYSICS: THE SCIENCE OF THE SELF
Subjective and objective sciences
The self and its understanding: western perspective
The self and its understanding: Indian perspective
The dynamics of essences of life: modeling the individual
Fundamental processes and interactions inside the human being
PART B: PERSONALITY ‘CREATION’: INTEGRATION OF BODY, MIND AND SOUL
Do sayings, storytelling, proverbs and role-models affect the personality?
Character building and personality development
Systematic of negative and positive pursuits
An individual in a group: multiple roles
PART C: HUMAN INTERACTIONS: ROLE OF INDIVIDUAL IN A SOCIETY
Two, three and many human being interactions: a quantitative approach
Some typical examples of two, three and many human being interactions
Search for an ideal way to live in modern society
Spiritual life: a continuous conscious effort
Appendix A: Classification of Spiritually Developed Personalities and Examples
References and Bibliography